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Dec 19, 2012 11:00pm EST
at oakland university. the slaughter of the innocent must stop. whoever criticizes me or others for saying so and standing up, whoever says this is not the right time, i say this. when is the right time? and i will show you a number. look at this number. this is just about the population of the united states of america. it is also a representation of the 300 million firearms in the united states today. nearly one gun per person. so i say now is the right time to talk about this. more than 31,000 people die each year from gun violence. let me say it again. those are the last numbers from 2009. 31,000 people died that year. eighty-seven people die every single day. i got into politics in part because i thought the vietnam war was wrong and i was pining for those lost. about 50,000 plus dead. so when is the right time? we must talk about it now. that is what i am doing and that is what i am so proud of senator lautenberg are doing and senator schumer for doing it as well. also my colleagues in the house. i'm proud of the president for doing it as well. here's the thing, we have to do more than t
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